budding RE officer

#1
hi
was wondering if you guys had any tips for a budding RE officer?
courses to go on etc
i want to avoid being a one pip wonder
im from a forces family so i kinda now the shit that goes on particually from the prats on high above
 
#2
Listen to your staff sergeant , recce sergeant and corporals ...

they're not telling you what to do to make you feel small , they're telling you what to do because they've done it a hundred times and can do it blinfolded without the pam tied round their neck.

never ever get your driver to make the brews by saying "sapper *** make my scoff/brew" .... you may get a little extra special something in it.

respect is earnt ... don't be afraid to get out of your wagon and get your hands dirty .... it will go a long way

enjoy yourself .... it can be a great corps to be in as long as your troopy isn't a jobsworth ignorant lazy c-unt (see all above)

good luck.
 
#3
The most important thing to remember is that being an officer is about responsibility not power. Look after your guys (without letting them take the p*ss) and they will do you proud.
 
#4
Don't talk down to the blokes
Get the guys on good courses which benifit both the corps and the blokes
Make sure the guys careers are squared away
Socialise with the guys where possible
Get the beers in regularly
Organise good adventure training
Don't be a yes man, taking on the world will just p155 the guys off
Listen to your NCOs but don't let them rail road you
If you promise something, keep your promise
Shield your blokes from the crap that comes from above
 
#6
plant_life said:
Don't talk down to the blokes
Get the guys on good courses which benifit both the corps and the blokes
Make sure the guys careers are squared away
Socialise with the guys where possible
Get the beers in regularly
Organise good adventure training
Don't be a yes man, taking on the world will just p155 the guys off
Listen to your NCOs but don't let them rail road you
If you promise something, keep your promise
Shield your blokes from the crap that comes from above
Well said! Ps dont go to 28 coz its pump! :!:
 
#11
plant_life said:
Don't talk down to the blokes
Get the guys on good courses which benifit both the corps and the blokes
Make sure the guys careers are squared away
Socialise with the guys where possible
Get the beers in regularly
Organise good adventure training
Don't be a yes man, taking on the world will just p155 the guys off
Listen to your NCOs but don't let them rail road you
If you promise something, keep your promise
Shield your blokes from the crap that comes from above
Good sound advice for any PO, regardless of capbadge
 
#13
Driving licsense is a good one to have because if you get posted to a Regt in the middle of no where eg Tidworth you are very much stuck. If you can get onto a potential RE officers briefing course that would be of benefit. I can't think of anything else that would imediately benifit you that the Army won't teach you.
 
#14
plant_life said:
Don't talk down to the blokes
Get the guys on good courses which benifit both the corps and the blokes
Make sure the guys careers are squared away
Socialise with the guys where possible
Get the beers in regularly
Organise good adventure training
Don't be a yes man, taking on the world will just p155 the guys off
Listen to your NCOs but don't let them rail road you
If you promise something, keep your promise
Shield your blokes from the crap that comes from above
Excellent advice, I would suggest you print it off put it in an envelope marked "TO BE OPENED ON ARRIVAL AT MY NEW SQUADRON" and keep it safe in your suitacase, because unfortunately all the advice you have received here, the chances are it will be brainwashed out of you as you go through the Sandhurst mill. :wink:
 
#17
If you end up as a support troop commander listen to your SNCOs because there will be a hell of a lot you don't know, even more so than going to a field troop. They will know how to keep the QM (tech) off your back when it comes to Equipment Care Inspections and Board of Officers. Don't bluff because most of the guys you command have a lot more experiance than you do. When on site make sure things are done properly first time round otherwise you look like a tit. Similarly if there is a job on site you have to do eg surveying do it properly as the guys get pretty threaders when they have to strip out their work for the fourth time because they were told to start in the wrong place. Been in that situation, not funny. Try not to do the whole 'I'm an officer, you're not' thing. It really p155s the guys off. Be prepared for potential skiffs off the OC etc. A common one is having people swap rank slides. At End Ex don't just sit back and get your driver to do everything. Get stuck in there, it's your mess just as much as his.
Think that's about it. Will add more if I can think of them. Hope this helps.